Wilma J. "Billie" Connor (nee Schaefer) Print
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Visitation: No prior visitation

Service:  MONDAY, April 1, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am at Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder.

CONNOR - Wilma J. “Billie”
(nee Schaefer)
March 26, 2019. Beloved wife of the
late Joseph E. Connor; loving mother of
Gregory (Barbara), Kathleen, Breandan
(Marianne Pojman), Paul and John
(Siu); grandmother of Christopher,
Eric, Janis, Alison, Kathryn, Joseph
and Jonathan; sister of the late Doris
Eimiller, Charles Schaefer and Thelma
Cluckey; also survived by nieces and
nephews. No prior visitation. A Mass
of Christian Burial will be celebrated
on Monday at 11 AM at Christ the King
Church, 30 Lamarck Dr., Snyder, NY
14226. Please assemble at church.
Arrangements by the DIETRICH
FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2480
Kensington Ave., Amherst. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may
be made to Catholic Charities. Online
condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Carol E. Hertel (nee Newhouse) Print
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Visitation:  FRIDAY, March 29., 2019:  4-8 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst NY 14226.

Service:  SATURDAY, March 30, 2019:  A Funeral Service will be held at 10 am at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cheektowaga.

HERTEL - Carol E.
(nee Newhouse)
March 26, 2019. Beloved wife of the late
Edward C. Hertel; loving mother of Faye
(Scott) Mages and Ellen (Larry) Schlifke;
dear grandmother of Gracie, Lucas, Jacob,
Alyssa and Matthew; sister of Glenn
(Pauline) Newhouse; also survived
by loving nieces, nephews, cousins
and her beloved dog Sammy. Family
and friends may call on Friday from
4-8 PM at the DIETRICH FUNERAL
HOME, INC., 2480 Kensington Ave.,
Amherst. A Funeral Service will be
held on Saturday at 10 AM at St.
Luke Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale
Dr., Cheektowaga NY 14225. Please
assemble at church. Flowers gratefully
declined. Memorials may be made
to the National Kidney Foundation.
Condolences may be shared online at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com
 

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Doris E. Sielski (nee Link) Print
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Visitation:  MONDAY, March 25, 2019:  2-4 & 7-9 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.

Service:  TUESDAY, March 26, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville.

SIELSKI - Doris E. (nee Link)
Age 92, March 20, 2019. Beloved wife of
the late Steven Sielski; loving mother of
Stanley Sielski, Martha (Ernest) Opper,
Lucy (Thomas A. Jr.) Miller, Raymond
(Diane), Benjamin and Paul Sielski;
dear grandmother of Matthew, Sarah,
Adam and Linda Taj, and Paul Jr.; sister of
Janet Frazer, Dr. Robert Zimmer, and
the late Dorothy Darrow and Marjorie
Dwyer; also survived by many nieces
and nephews. Family and friends may
call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at
THE DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, NY. A
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
on Tuesday at 9:30 AM at SS. Peter & Paul
Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville
14221. Please assemble at church.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

Dec. 30, 1926 — March 20, 2019

Doris E. (Link) Sielski, a pioneering female pharmacist, contributed to the health field in a much more personal way.

She was a volunteer participant in the Women's Health Initiative, a long-term National Institutes of Health study of women that began in 1993.

"It was the first study they did to see the effects of hormone therapy on women after menopause," said her daughter Martha Opper. "And my mother said she was doing that for us."

"She always knew it was not for her benefit, it was for us and her granddaughters," said her other daughter, Lucy Miller. In her later years, Mrs. Sielski suffered many of the side effects of hormone treatments that were detected by the study, her daughters said.

Mrs. Sielski, of Williamsville, died March 20, 2019, in Brothers of Mercy in Clarence, where she had lived for two weeks. She was 92.

She was born in Syracuse, the daughter of Raymond and Donella (Clarke) Link. She and her twin, Dorothy, became the big sisters of Marjorie, Janet and Robert.

Mrs. Sielski graduated from Purdue University in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, one of a small number of female students in her class, her daughters said. "There were a few other women in her class, but they were definitely in the minority," said Martha Opper.

"My mother was always a trailblazer," said Lucy Miller.

At Purdue, she met her future husband, Steven Sielski of Buffalo, who also graduated with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy. The two were married Feb. 19, 1949, in her home parish in Syracuse, then moved to Western New York.

The family lived on Lafayette Boulevard in Amherst for some 60 years as their children Stanley, Martha, Lucy, Raymond, Benjamin and Paul joined the family.

Mrs. Sielski earned her New York State pharmacy license in 1948 and held it until 2004. Her first job was in the pharmacy at Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle, where she compounded medications, her daughters said.

Then, after having "four children in a row," Martha Opper said, Mrs. Sielski resumed part-time work at Soby's Pharmacy in Buffalo and later at a branch in Cheektowaga. After that, she worked part-time at Glen Pharmacy and Main Village Pharmacy in Williamsville, followed by Harris Hill Pharmacy and Getzville Pharmacy. The Sielskis knew the owners of the small, privately owned pharmacies, their daughters said, so she could work when she was needed.

Mrs. Sielski's husband was a pharmaceutical rep for Eli Lilly who visited doctors' offices. "My father and my mother were a great combination," said Lucy Miller. With their common professional background and diverse daily experiences, they had a lot to talk about at home, their daughters said.

A devout Roman Catholic, Mrs. Sielski was a longtime member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Williamsville and its St. Ann's Sodality. She hosted a weekly Bible study in her home for members of the Christian Women's Club of Amherst.

She was also a board member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and belonged to the Pharmacists Association of Western New York.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Sielski loved opera and traveled to New York, Toronto and Chautauqua for performances. She was a member of the Opera Buffs of Western New York. She was also a member of the Polish Arts Club.

An avid skier, Mrs. Sielski belonged to the Buffalo and Concord ski clubs and encouraged her grandchildren, nieces and nephews to learn to ski. The family took several ski vacations together, her daughters said, part of their mother's interest in encouraging them to stay close.

In the 1960s, Mrs. Sielski was a Girl Scout leader in Williamsville.

A member of the Purdue Alumni Association, Mrs. Sielski welcomed Purdue students and alumni, into her home, her daughters said. "She was passionate about Purdue University, and she was always happy to meet Purdue graduates," said Lucy Miller. The family attended many Boilermakers football games, her daughters said.

Mrs. Sielski's husband, Steven Sielski, died in 2015.

Besides her daughters, she is survived by her sons, Stanley, Raymond, Benjamin and Paul Sielski; a sister, Janet Frazer; a brother, Dr. Robert Zimmer; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at SS Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.

 

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Patricia S. Emery (nee Smith) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  A Funeral Service will be held privately.

EMERY - Patricia (nee Smith)
March 22, 2019. Beloved wife of 58
years to the late Fred C. Emery; loving
mother of Robert (Judith) and Bonnie
(Robert Cassick) Emery; grandmother
of Penny Emery and Julie (Dan) Stoner;
great-grandmother of Dylan and the late
Tripp Stoner; sister of the late Donald
Smith. No prior visitation. Funeral
Services will be held privately. Born
to Robert Smith and Gwendolyn Mary
O’Brian, in 1929, in Altoona, PA. When
the soldiers returned from World War II,
Pat would meet Fred Emery, with whom
she would elope to Buffalo and raise
two children in the Town of Tonawanda.
Pat was also a member of the Ancient
Order of Hibernians, and was active in
St. Amelia School and Parish. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. or St.
Amelia’s Church. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst. The
family would like to thank Hospice, Team
4, especially Morgan, Anne, and Peggy,
for their wonderful care of Patricia in
her last days, as well as Chaplain Tom.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Kathleen M. Webster (nee Chalupka) Print
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Visitation:  MONDAY, March 18, 2018:  2-5 pm at The Dietrich Funeral Homes, Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave. Amherst.

Service:  MONDAY, March 18, 2018:  A Funeral Service will be held at 5 pm at the conclusionof the visitation.

WEBSTER - Kathleen M.
(nee Chalupka)
March 14, 2019. Loving mother of Angel
(Michael Mack) Pettengill; grandmother
of Alessandra Mack; daughter of Dorothy
(late Frank) Chalupka; sister of four
sisters and two brothers; predeceased
by two sisters; also survived by nieces
and nephews. Family and friends
may call Monday from 2-5 PM at THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst, where
a Funeral Service will be held at 5 PM.
Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials
may be made to the Erie County Medical
Center. Condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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JoAnne M. Norman (nee Gerace) Print
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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  MONDAY, March 18, 2019:  A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am at Crossroads Lutheran Church, Amherst.

NORMAN - JoAnne M.
(nee Gerace)
You’re the first, the last, our everything.
March 14, 2019. Beloved wife and
BFF of Robert B. Norman for 58 years.
Precious mother, “My Girl” of Debra
(Kenneth) Beasor and the late Stephen
Norman; special “Jo Jo” to Breanna
and Kayla; mother-in-law of Tracy
Norman; sister of Robert Gerace and
the late Michael Gerace; also survived
by nieces, nephews, cousins and
friends. A Memorial Service will be held
on Monday at 11 AM at Crossroads
Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., at
Burroughs Dr., Amherst, NY 14226,
where memorials may be made, or to
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by THE
DIETRICH FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Online condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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Robert R. Hartmann Print

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Visitation:  No prior visitation.

Service:  TUESDAY, March 19, 2019:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am at Our Lady of Peace Church, Clarence, NY.

HARTMANN - Robert R. “Bob”
March 13, 2019, beloved
husband of Rita (nee
Zanner) Hartmann;
loving father of Robert
P. (Heather) Hartmann,
Heidi (Michael) Mahoney,
Lori (Gary) Kaczor and
Amy (Michael) Gilbert; dear grandfather
of 12 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren;
 brother of Maryann (late Robert), Millie (Donald)
and the late Elizabeth (Raymond); also survived by
many nieces and nephews. No prior
visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated on Tuesday at Our Lady
of Peace Church, 10950 Main St.,
Clarence, NY 14031, at 11 AM. Flowers
gratefully declined. Memorials may be
made to Hospice Buffalo. Online
condolences may be shared at
www.TheDietrichFuneralHome.com

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